A month ago an Arabic video named ‘Hwages’ went viral. The direct translation of this title is ‘concerns’ and the video explores just that. In the video we see several women dressed in Hijabs playing basketball, riding skateboards and dancing. ماجد العيسى – هواجيس | Majedalesa – Hwages
The video created by 8ies pokes fun at the lack of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia and how women are forced to become so reliant on men. It has received over 3 million views.
In the video, there is also reference to America’s next President Donald Trump who has said that he will appoint more conservative judges to the Supreme Court. Many in the US fear that with more conservative judges, the law of Roe v. Wade will be reversed, making abortion illegal- one of the fundamental freedoms for a woman. This video attempts to raise awareness to the still prevalent gender inequality in society and presents it in a satirical way. Even today in Saudi Arabia, women are still unable to obtain a passport or travel without consent from either their father, husband or male relative, wear clothes or makeup that show off their beauty or even compete freely in sports